Police Investigation Results in Seizure of Fireworks

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On June 22, 2014, Directed Enforcement officers from the North Division began working an investigation into the sale of illegal fireworks, which resulted in the confiscation of a large quantity of fireworks.

Officers located an online advertisement regarding illegal fireworks that were available for sale in the Long Beach area. Their investigation led them to the City of Compton, where a male adult suspect was located and fireworks were found in his possession. A subsequent search of the suspect’s residence turned up a cache of fireworks, which totaled 454 pounds of assorted high caliber pyrotechnics, with a street value of over $5,000.

The suspect, identified as 30-year old Derek Quinata of Compton, was cited and will be required to appear in court.

All fireworks, including those marked as “Safe and Sane” are illegal in the City of Long Beach. Anyone cited or arrested for fireworks violations may be faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to six months in jail, or both. The fines and penalties may increase depending on the fireworks’ classification. Fireworks may be voluntarily disposed of at collection bins located at Lifeguard Headquarters, 2100 E. Ocean Boulevard (on the West side of the Junipero lot), and at all police stations.

If you ‘See Something, Say Something!’ Call Long Beach Police Dispatch at (562) 435-6711 or 9-1-1 if an immediate police response is necessary. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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